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What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love (Hardback)

By Gerrard, Nicci

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Dementia is an unmaking, a de-creation - an apocalypse of meaning. Since my father's slow-motion dying, and his actual death in November 2014, I have been much preoccupied with dementia: by those who have it, by those who look after them, by the hospital wards whose beds are occu...pied by those in advanced stages of this self-loss, by the way society denies it, by the science of it, the art and literature about it, the philosophy, by what it means to be human, to have an identity. What is it to be oneself, and what is it to lose one's self. Who are we when we are not ourselves, and where do we go? This is a book about dementia - not a personal account, but an exploration, structured around this radically-slowed death. Full of people's stories, both sad and optimistic, it is a journey into the dusk and then the darkness - and then out on to the other side, where, once someone is dead, a life can be seen whole again.
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ISBN 9780241347454
Released NZ 16 Apr 2019
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241347454
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 16 Apr 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gerrard, Nicci
Category Sociology: Family & Relationships
Death & Dying: Social Aspects
Illness & Addiction: Social Aspects
Equal Opportunities
The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality
Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology
Coping With Illness
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 616.831
Weight 392g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Dementia - Social aspects
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade